Feast or Famine Dinner spotlights world hunger situation

PLAINVIEW – Not everyone in the world gets three square meals a day, and in some places, an entire family eats the equivalent of one trip through an American buffet restaurant in one day.

The plight of the hungry will be the focus of the Feast or Famine Dinner, sponsored by Wayland Baptist University’s Baptist Student Ministries as part of Missions Emphasis Week. The dinner is planned for Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. in the Student Ministries Activities Center, located at 9th and Utica Streets. Tickets cost $5 per person and all proceeds will go toward world hunger relief efforts through the Baptist convention. Additional donations will also be accepted for the fund.

“We are doing this because as Christians we are called to do missions and we are to start with those who are closest to us,” said BSM President Jalissa King, a senior from Portales, N.M., mentioning the command in Acts 1:8 to be witnesses “in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.”

“What most people do not realize is that people are going hungry all around Texas and the entire world.  We are in the vicinity of many people who are lacking sufficient nutrients and we can help them out.  We desire for people to become aware that they can help those who are around them,” King added.

The Feast or Famine dinner should do just that. The dinner format involves splitting the ticketholders into three groups representing the lowest class, the middle class and the upper class on a worldwide scale, using percentages that reflect the world’s class breakdown. No one knows which class they will be in until they arrive at the dinner, and the meal follows the class structure: the upper-class persons receive a fancier dinner than the middle- and lower-class persons.

The effect is striking, driving home to participants the unequal distribution of food in the world and the overwhelming number of people worldwide living in abject poverty. Throughout the dinner, facts on world hunger are presented, along with information on efforts to alleviate the situation.

King said the idea for the dinner came from a Wayland employee who had participated in a similar program in another town. The dinner format really opened the eyes of all who participated and the BSM felt they could do the same program and spotlight world hunger to students and others on campus.

The public is invited to attend the Feast or Famine dinner. Parents are especially encouraged to bring older children and teens to the event in order to provide a global perspective on wealth. For tickets, call the BSM office at 291-3595.